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Elizabeth F. Carter


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971

Office: Fowler A322-C
Phone: (310) 206-5474
Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: carter@humnet.ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

Elizabeth F. Carter
BOX 951511, 384 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511

Class Websites

UCLA Appointments

Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Research Interests

Near East, currently working in Turkey and southeastern Turkey; Bronze Age urban sites

Research Summary

The Kahramanmaras archaeological project aims to produce a record of long-term cultural changes in a region at a major crossroads between highlands and lowlands along the Syro-Anatolian frontier. Until the National Geographic Society sponsored our surveys in 1993-1994, no serious archaeological work had been done in the Kahramanmaras region of south central Turkey since 1887. A major goal of our archaeological surveys is to create a series of maps that will place the archaeological sites in their environmental settings through time. To date two hundred and twenty-seven archaeological sites have been located on a detailed 1/25,000 map. The area covered by our extensive survey was approximately 1100 square kilometers. We have discovered, recorded, and mapped manufacturing sites (flint tools, ceramics); several quarrying facilites; extensive cemetery sites, hilltop forts, and small farmsteads. The earliest site identified (KM43) dates to the Paleolithic (ca. 250,000 BC); the latest sites are of Medieval date (11–13th centuries AD). Early in the Iron Age, Kahramanmaras was the center of an independent kingdom called Gurgum.

Additional Links

A Day in the Life of the Domuztepe Excavations

Domuztepe 2002 Field Season

The Incirli Stela

Turkish Newspaper Article

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